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Newcastle Vipers
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City Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
League Elite Ice Hockey League
Founded 2002
Home arena Whitley Bay Ice Rink
Colours White, Black & yellow
              
Owner(s) Paul Ferone and Rob Wilson
General manager Jamie Longmuir
Head coach Rob Wilson
Captain David Longstaff
Farm club(s) Newcastle ENL Vipers
Championships 2005-06

Website
www.vipershockey.co.uk
Franchise history
2002–Present Newcastle Vipers

The Newcastle Vipers are an ice hockey club based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Members of the Elite Ice Hockey League, the club previously held membership in the British National League.

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History

The club was founded August 2002 after a season without a professional ice hockey team in Newcastle. Previously, the city was represented by the Newcastle Jesters, who were founded in 1999 by Finnish businessman Harry Harkimo who purchased the franchise from the Ice Hockey Superleague.

The franchise had previously been owned by John Hall who had owned the club as part of his ambitious "Newcastle Sporting Club" project and known as the Newcastle Cobras and later the Newcastle Riverkings. The Cobras had previously played as the Durham Wasps who had moved to Newcastle Upon Tyne Arena following a season at the Crowtree Leisure Centre in Sunderland as a result of Hall purchasing them after a number of years of financial problems. The Durham ice rink closed shortly thereafter.

After playing its first three seasons in the British National League, the Vipers joined the Elite Ice Hockey League in the 2005-06 season. During their first season the Vipers finished as runners-up to the Belfast Giants in the league and won the EIHL Play-Off Championship at the National Ice Centre, defeating the Sheffield Steelers 2-1 in the Grand Final.

Club roster 2009/10

Goaltenders
Number Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth
35 United Kingdom Richard Lawson L 2005 USA
37 Canada Michel Robinson L 2009 Québec, Montreal, Canada
Defencemen
Number Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
2 United States Ryan Mahrle R 2009 Troy, Michigan, U.S.A.
4 United States Jerramie Domish R 2009 Collegeville, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
26 Canada Mark Gouett R 2007 Waubaushene, Ontario, Canada
27 United Kingdom Richard Thornton R 2009 Billingham, England
31 United Kingdom Ross Hanlon 2009
55 United Kingdom Daniel Pye 2009
Forwards
Number Player Shoots Position Acquired Place of Birth
6 United Kingdom Jamie Tinsley R RW 2008 Newcastle upon Tyne, England
10 Canada Mike Berry R RW 2009 Kanata, Ontario, Canada
14 United Kingdom Dean Holland R RW 2007 Walker, England
20 United Kingdom Nathan Salem R RW 2009 Sunderland, England
22 United States Jason Tejchma L LW 2009 Muskegon, Michigan, U.S.A.
25 United Kingdom David Longstaff - C R RW 2002 Newcastle upon Tyne, England
28 Slovakia Matus Petricko L LW 2009 Saca, Slovakia
48 United Kingdom Ben Campbell L RW 2006 Durham, England
83 Slovenia Matic Kralj L LW 2009 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Honours

  • Findus Cup Winners 2002-03, 2003-04
  • Elite League Runners Up 2005-06

Retired Jerseys

8. Shaun Johnson
34. Petri Rautiainen (retired by Newcastle Jesters)

External links

Preceded by
Coventry Blaze
Playoff Champions
2005-06
Succeeded by
Nottingham Panthers
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